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Cary group holds blanket drive to keep Syrian refugees warm

Posted November 10, 2014

— The local Turkish-American community has organized efforts to collect blankets to keep warm this winter more than a million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

The Divan Center in Cary is collecting both new and used blankets and plans to ship them to Turkey, where local relief agencies will distribute them to those in need.

The center's president, Volkan Ozdemir, says homelessness is a relatively new problem in the southeastern European nation, which has seen more than 1 million refugees over the past four years because of civil war in Syria.

"It is very surprising for many of us to see homeless people on the streets needing help," Ozdemir said.

Other Turkish-American groups across the country are holding similar blanket drives. The goal is to collect 100,000 blankets.

The Divan Center is collecting blankets until noon on Nov. 22.

Blankets may be dropped off at its office, at 1903 N. Harrison Ave., Suite 100. Monetary donations, made payable to Divan Center, may be mailed to the same address.


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  • radino68 Nov 11, 2014

    Why not help whoever you can, wherever you are? Here on the island of Crete in Greece, where I moved after living in Montreal and Durham, we've collected food and clothing at school for Syrian refugees stuck here on the island (see my blog for more on them: http://www.momingreecetoday.blogspot.gr ). And we've collected food and clothes for needy Greeks as well. I do tend to wonder whether the shipping costs don't make it more efficient to collect money for those who are far away, and other useful items for those who are nearby, but if the shipping can be worked out, why not send blankets to Turkey? They probably don't have enough there for all the refugees pouring in. If more refugees can be brought to the U. S. as well, all the better.

  • NCSUer Nov 11, 2014

    WRAL and others regularly mention some of the more local groups that try to help those in the "good old USA". But for a reminder, you can help the local missions (Raleigh Rescue Mission, Durham Rescue Mission, Helping Hand Mission, and many others). Let's help our local population, but don't forget about people in serious need of help in other parts of the world as well.

  • USMC Vet Nov 10, 2014

    Ok, but what about keeping the children, the homeless, the elderly and the disabled warm right here in the good old USA?